Arrived in Indio

Canadian Man to Embark on First-of-its-Kind Electric Bicycle Trip to See Music Festival in California

For the first time ever, a dedicated music fan will be riding his electric bicycle from Canada to California to attend the Desert Trip concert and see six of the best musical acts of all time. Jon Langille (aged 54) will be leaving his hometown of Nelson, British Columbia, on September 3 and riding his Pedego Stretch cargo electric bike over 2,500 kilometres through four US states until arriving in Indio, California, to attend Desert Trip.

The CBC did a radio feature about Jon immediately before his departure and you can listen to it and learn more about his trip by clicking the play button below:


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Scroll through the images below to see pics of Jon’s journey:


Jon says ever since he heard about the Desert Trip concert (which will feature the Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Neil Young and The Who) he knew he’d attend with his wife Laurie but wasn’t sure how they would get there. When it was obvious she wasn’t going to be able to take weeks off in order to leisurely make their way south to attend, Jon said in frustration, “Fine, I guess I’ll just ride my e-bike down there and meet you.”

He then looked it up on Google maps, discovered a workable route, calculated the number of hours involved and realized he actually would be able to ride his bike there. He gave his wife the pitch and she said he should do it. (She’ll be flying down the day before the concert begins on October 7.)

“I have some flexibility with my work and am able to take the time off,” Jon says. “I contacted Mike at Pedego Canada about the logistics and whether the bike was capable of the journey. He was super supportive and I realized I could really do this.”

Mike Clyde, the owner of Pedego Canada, is offering extra electric bike batteries, maintenance supplies and ongoing support for Jon’s trip. “This is the first time a Pedego Stretch electric cargo bike is going to be ridden from Canada to the southern United States and I’m really excited to see how well it performs. Plus I give Jon full props for taking on a journey of this magnitude: Pedego to Indio! It’s going to be epic.”

To download the press release about Jon’s journey, please click here: Pedego-to-Indio-Press-Release

Jon’s Current Location

It’s October 6th and Jon has almost finished his trip. He arrives at the Pedego La Quinta store today at noon for his welcome party! So far he has travelled 2949.9km and spent 132.40 hours on the bike over 19,145m of elevation gain. His longest ride was 157.3km (98 miles) from Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Dunsmuir, California, and his biggest single climb was 1,053m (3,545 feet) to Idyllwild, California.

October 6, 2016: Jon is currently in Coachella Valley, California.

The Route from Nelson to Indio

MORE INFO ABOUT JON

  • Jonathan David Langille
  • Born 8th May, 1961, 54 years old
  • In the 1980s he rode a regular bicycle in various countries:
    • Britain and Ireland 1983, 2000 miles
    • Oregon and California Coast 1984, 1500 miles
    • Oahu and Maui 1984, 200 miles
    • Sydney to Melbourne, Australia 1985, 1300 miles
    • Townsville-McKay and Noosa Heads to Sydney 1986, 1100 miles
    • Singapore to Surat Thani, Thailand 1986, 1200 miles
    • Bangkok to Chiang Saen, 1986, 950 miles
  • He’s seen the Rolling Stones live six times from 1981-1994 in LA, Seattle, Miami & Vancouver
  • He’s attended multiple Bob Dylan concerts in Australia, Spokane, Kelowna, & Kamloops over the years
  • The last time he saw The Who was in 1980 in Vancouver
  • He’s attended the Coachella Festival, held near Indio, California, five times from 2002-2007
  • He is married and has two young daughters

MORE INFO ABOUT THE PEDEGO STRETCH

  • 48V Lithium Ion battery with Samsung cells
  • 500W brushless geared rear hub motor
  • Able to reach speeds of 32km/h with maximum motor assist
  • Five levels of pedal assist mode for a more natural riding experience
  • LCD display with USB charging port for phone and other devices
  • Front and rear lights
  • Twist-and-go throttle for full power on demand
  • Shimano seven-speed for easy pedaling
  • Self-sealing tubes help prevent flats
  • A deluxe saddle with a suspension seat post that provides extra cushioning
  • A quick release handlebar stem that allows you to easily make adjustments for a perfect fit
  • Extra wide tires for a nice, smooth ride
  • Front rack and back rack with special rails that hold standard pannier bags

Pedego Electric Bikes Canada is a proud sponsor of Jon’s adventure as well as a proud distributor of the North America’s No. 1 selling electric bicycle brand. It is our belief electric bikes transform people’s lives by getting them off couches and out of cars and having fun – lots of fun! For more information, please visit www.pedegocanaada.ca, email info@pedegocanada.ca or phone 250-509-1686.

Pedego to Indio